This Crème Brule French Toast will remind you exactly of your favorite crème brulee dessert! Think caramelized and sweet meets soft creamy deliciousness!!! Mmmmmm….heaven!!
This isn’t your everyday French toast bake! This melt-in-your-mouth recipe is amazing, and one you’ll want to make again and again!!
And it’s soooo easy! The recipe whips up in no time the night before, and soaks in your fridge overnight. Then…in the morning pop it in the oven!
A few minutes under the broiler right at the very end finishes it off to perfection!! Viola!
Ingredients in the Crème Brulee French Toast…
You’ll need a loaf of French bread. The best part is, you can just get a loaf of day old bread. The drier the better for this recipe!! If day old bread isn’t available, you can dry out your own!! I’ll let you know how a little later…
This recipe also calls for butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, half & half, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
Making the Crème Brulee French Toast…
You’ll want to make this recipe the night before, so it can soak in the fridge overnight.
You’ll also want to make sure the bread is dried out a bit. You can do this by slicing it and letting it lay out for the day. To speed up the process, you can put the bread in the oven for a few minutes to “toast” up just a smidge! Dried bread will prevent soggy French toast!!
In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup, stirring until smooth. This gets so caramelly and creamy, yum!
A jelly roll pan works great for this recipe, but a nice large baking sheet will work too! You’ll want enough room so the bread doesn’t overlap. If you want to separate the brown sugar mixture between two smaller baking sheets, that will work too!
Pour melted mixture onto a large baking sheet. Spread to cover the entire sheet. Place the 12 slices of bread in a single layer to cover the pan.
Mix the eggs, half & half, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Don’t substitute the half & half for milk or you’ll be disappointed! The half & half cream helps make this recipe melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Carefully pour or spoon egg mixture over each piece of bread. Cover and allow to sit in refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, allow the French toast to sit out while the oven preheats to 350 degrees. Uncover, and bake the uncovered pan of ooey gooey bread mixture for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
Remove from the oven and flip over each piece of toast, so the caramel side is facing up. Place the pan of flipped toast under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, until the caramel starts to bubble a little bit.
This adds that even deeper level of caramelized flavor and texture! Just like crème brulee custard!!! Yum!
I recommend just sprinkling a little powdered sugar over the Crème Brulee French Toast. If you want to add just a little maple syrup you can, but you don’t really need to.
Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, any berries, lol! are great added to the toast. Oh my gosh yummy!!!
This Crème Brulee French Toast makes a delicious addition to your brunch menu. It’s also really fun to make for supper!!
Crème Brulee French Toast Bake
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- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
- 12 slices thickly sliced French bread, about 1"
- 5 eggs
- 1 ½ cups half and half cream
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of cinnamon
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup, stirring until smooth.
- Pour melted mixture onto a large baking sheet. Spread to cover the entire sheet. Place the 12 slices of bread in a single layer to cover the pan.
- Mix the eggs, half & half, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Carefully pour or spoon egg mixture over each piece of bread. Cover and allow to sit in refrigerator overnight.
- Bake uncovered at 350° F. for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden. Flip toasts over, and broil for a minute or two to caramelize the topping just a bit more.
- Top with powdered sugar and/or fresh fruit. If you want, you can add a little syrup but it's sweet enough without it.